Going early for the Jumu’ah Salah

There are some such virtuous deeds performed on the day of Jumu’ah which are specifically related to the Jumu’ah [Friday] Salah, such as going early to Masjid for offering Jumu’ah Salah, offering Jumu’ah Salah with ‘Imamah [Islamic turban], etc. Following are some such virtuous deeds which can earn us huge reward if we perform them:

Going early for the Jumu’ah Salah

There is good news of huge reward for the person who goes early to the Masjid for offering Jumu’ah Salah. The Holy Rasool صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم has said: When the day of Jumu’ah comes, angels stand at the door of Masjid and write the names of everyone who comes. They write [the name of] that person first who comes first. The person who comes early is like the one who gives camel as Sadaqah [Charity] in the path of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the person coming next is like the one who gives cow as Sadaqah, the person coming next is like the one who gives ram as Sadaqah, then [he] is like the one who gives hen as Sadaqah, and then [he] is like the one who gives egg as Sadaqah. When Imam sits on the Mimber (for Khutbah), they [i.e. angels] fold the “Records of Deeds” and listen to the Khutbah [Friday sermon]. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 929)

Hakeem-ul-Ummat, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan Na’eemi رحمۃ اللہ تعلیٰ علیہ has said: Remember! If 100 people come together in the Masjid first, then they all are first. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 2, 335)

Offer Jumu’ah Salah with Imamah

Tying Imamah is a blessed Sunnah; Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ increases Sawab [reward] enormously for the person who practises this Sunnah especially on the day of Jumu’ah. The Holy Rasool صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم has said: One Jumu’ah [Salah] with Imamah is equal to 70 Jumu’ah [Salahs] without it.(Jaami’ Sagheer, pp. 314, Hadees 5101)

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His angels send Salat on the people who offer Jumu’ah Salah whilst wearing Imamah on the day of Jumu’ah. The Beloved Rasool صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم  has said: Certainly, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His angels send Salat on the people who wear Imamah on the day of Jumu’ah. (Majma’-uz-Zawaid, vol. 2, pp. 394, Hadees 3075)

Allamah Ibn-e-Hajar Asqalani رحمۃ اللہ تعلیٰ علیہ has said: Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ sends Salat means that He عَزَّوَجَلَّ showers His mercy and  angels send Salat  means that they do Istighfar (pray for that person’s forgiveness). (Fath-ul-Bari, vol. 12, pp. 131)

Virtuous deeds performed at any time on Jumu’ah

There are some such virtuous deeds performed on the day of Jumu’ah which are not time-specific but can be performed at any time on the day of Jumu’ah. Some of them are as follows:

Visiting the graves of parents

A person whose parent or parents have passed away must go for visiting their graves, especially on the day of Jumu’ah. It is stated in a blessed Hadees: ‘Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ forgives the sins of the one who visits the grave of his mother and father both or any one [of them] on every day of Jumu’ah, and he is written the one who treats the parents well.’ (Mu’jam-ul-Awsat, vol. 4, pp. 321, Hadees 6114)

A'la Hadrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan رحمۃ اللہ تعلیٰ علیہ has stated: The Afdal [superior] time for visiting (the graves) is [the time] after Fajr Salah on the day of Jumu'ah.

(Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 9, pp. 523)

Reciting Surah Kahf

The Holy Rasool صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم  has said: The one who recites Surah Kahf on the day of Jumu'ah, a Noor [Light] is made to shine between him and Bayt-ul-'Ateeq (i.e. Holy Ka’bah). (Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 2, pp. 474, Hadees 2444)

(In order to learn more about the excellence of Jumu'ah and its rulings, read the booklet, namely ‘Faizan-e-Jumu'ah’ authored by Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ.)

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